Healing Quotes 784

“I drank coffee and read old books and waited for the year to end.”
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~ Richard Brautigan, Trout Fishing in America

Healing Poems 366

The Seder’s Order

The songs we join in
are beeswax candles
burning with no smoke
a clean fire licking at the evening

our voices small flames quivering.
The songs string us like beads
on the hour. The ritual is
its own melody that leads us

where we have gone before
and hope to go again, the comfort
of year after year. Order:
we must touch each base

of the haggadah as we pass,
blessing, handwashing,
dipping this and that. Voices
half harmonize on the brukhahs.

Dear faces like a multitude
of moons hang over the table
and the truest brief blessing:
affection and peace that we make.

~ Marge Piercy

Healing Quotes Teens 721

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.”
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~ Nora Ephron

Healing Quotes Teens 601-700

“The morning cup of coffee has an exhilaration about it which the cheering influence of the afternoon or evening cup of tea cannot be expected to reproduce.”
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~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Over the Teacups 1891
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“No one can understand the truth until he drinks of coffee’s frothy goodness.”
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~ Sheik Abd-al-Kadir
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“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
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~ Brené Brown
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“My story isn’t pleasant, it’s not sweet and harmonious like the invented stories; it tastes of folly and bewilderment, of madness and dream, like the life of all people who no longer want to lie to themselves.”
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~ Hermann Hesse, Demian
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“This man came to our town a couple of weeks before Christmas, saying we should not let in the Middle Eastern refugees. If I’m not mistaken, Jesus was a Middle Eastern refugee.”
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~ Mercutio Southall Jr., Talking Points website, The Man Beaten and Choked at Donald Trump Rally Tells His Story
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“On a busy day 22,000 people come to visit Santa, and I was told that it is an elf’s lot to remain merry in the face of torment and adversity. I promised to keep that in mind.”
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~ David Sedaris, Santaland Diaries
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“Advent is a season of anticipation and preparation. Advent is about finding the sacred in the everyday. Advent is about finding the time.”
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~ Greg Richardson
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“Although it is pleasant to think about poison at any season, there is something special about Christmas, and I found myself grinning.”
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~ Flavia, Alan Bradley, I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
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“At Christmas, tea is compulsory. Relatives are optional.”
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~ Robert Godden
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“The Christmas tree, twinkling with lights, had a mountain of gifts piled up beneath it, like offerings to the great god of excess.”
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~ Tess Gerritsen, Rissoli and Isles
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“What I don’t like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day.
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~Phyllis Diller
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“Aren’t we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? You know, the birth of Santa.”
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~ Bart Simpson
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“The amount of time and energy we spend pulling up and taking down holiday decorations tells me our ‘top of the food chain’ claim is invalid.”
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~ Linda in Disguise
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“Christmas… is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one’s home that one carries in one’s heart.”
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~ Freya Stark
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“If Jesus came to preach to the poor, the homeless, the tax collectors, the prostitutes, the colonized, then he came most profoundly, to preach the kingdom of God to the outsiders of the world.”
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~ Scott Paeth
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“Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and His gifts just like the rest of the year.”
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~ Unkown
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“The message of Christmas is that the visible material world is bound to the invisible spiritual world.”
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~ Unknown
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“I realized that… I had missed the whole Christmas message. The message of the baby in the manger is one of spreading love, mending the broke, comforting the lonely, feeding the hungry, and sharing hope with those whose hope seems lost.”
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~ Kathy Vestal
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“Last year I asked Santa for the sexiest person ever for Christmas… I woke up in a box.”
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~ Unknown
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“Santa knows physics. Of all the colors, red light penetrates fog best. That’s why Benny the Blue Nosed Reindeer never got the gig.”
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~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
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“There’s nothing wrong with self-improvement, as long as you recognize that at some point you’re going to have to accept yourself in all your imperfect glory. What’s wrong with liking yourself the way you are?”
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~ Jessica Zafra, The 500 People You Meet in Hell
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“Know yourself fearlessly (even quietly) for all the things you are.”
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~ Aberjhani, Visions of a Skylark Dressed in Black
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“Being a positive person doesn’t mean you have to be bubbly, chipper & happy 24/7. It is okay to feel down. You are only human and it is part of the human experience. Don’t suppress these feelings when they come. Acknowledge them. Feel them. And accept them as a chapter in your journey. You can’t fast forward through parts of the movie and fully grasp the whole narrative. Just like you can’t fast forward through the bad parts in your life and expect it all to make sense. Keep watching and you’ll learn to understand why certain experiences were significant to the overall story. Being positive isn’t the absence of pain. Find meaning to the struggle and see the light in the distance no matter how far away it may seem at the time. Have faith those bad feelings are just temporary visitors.”
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~ happyvibes-healthylives.tumblr.com/
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“Being generous of spirit is a wonderful way to live.”
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~ Pete Seeger
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“Growth is not a steady, forward, upward progression. It is indeed a switchback trail: three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap.”
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— Dorothy Corkville Briggs
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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”
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~ Mandy Hale
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“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliche that must have been left behind in the 60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.”
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~ John Lennon
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“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
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~ Mahatma Gandhi
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“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”
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~ Henry David Thoreau
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“Do not confuse my bad days as a sign of weakness. Those are actually the days I am fighting my hardest. “
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~ healthyplace.com
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“Some people will never understand the kind of superpower it takes for some people to just walk out the door. ”
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~ Andrea Gibson
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“People think you’re crazy if you talk about things they don’t understand.”
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~ Elvis Presley
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“Tears are a river that takes you somewhere… Tears lifts your boat off the rocks, off dry ground, carrying it downriver to someplace better.”
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~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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“Repeat after me. I am free.”
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~ Unknown
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“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic—the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity.”
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~ Charles de Lint
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“Sit by my side, and let the world slip.”
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~ Shakespeare
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“Ocean and sea shore contain all the elements of Nature in a primal form.  There is the sun and the element of fire.  There is the ocean or sea and the element of water.  There is the land with the element of earth and the ocean and sea breezes with the element of air.  Spending time in this environment brings our own bodily elements back into balance.”
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~ Ted Andrews, Nature-Speak
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“Being on a boat that’s moving through the water, it’s so clear.  Everything falls into place in terms of what’s important and what’s not.”
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~ James Taylor
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“Art is the stored honey of the human soul.”
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~ Theodore Dreiser
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“I’m no cactus expert… but, I know a prick when I see one.”
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~ Anna Higgins
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“High Priestess of not giving a fuck.”
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~ Anna Higgins
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“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does; that makes you a winner right there.”
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~ Venus Williams
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“A film, a piece of theatre, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.”
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~ Alan Rickman
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“Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world.”
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~ dryyoureyes-startbelieving.tumblr.com
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“Please be gentle with your body. It loves you more than anyone or anything in this world. … Your body is an ocean of love.”
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~ dryyoureyes-startbelieving.tumblr.com, Your Body is an Ocean
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“I have been fighting since I was a child. I’m not a survivor, I’m a fucking warrior.”
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~ dryyoureyes-startbelieving.tumblr.com
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“Anybody that’s going to take their time out to say something or do something negative to you, is clearly beneath you, and isn’t worth your time. Remember that.”
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~ Nicki Minaj
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“When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.”
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~ ny-tah.tumblr.com
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“We get so worried about being pretty. Let’s be pretty kind. Pretty funny. Pretty funny. Pretty strong.”
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~ Britt Nicole
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“All the seeds and all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
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~ Indian Proverb
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“People who love to eat are always the best people.”
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~ Julia Child
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“Don’t drink coffee in the morning. It will keep you awake until noon.”
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~ Unknown
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“Coffee smells like freshly ground heaven.”
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~ Jessi Lane Adams
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“I believe humans get a lot done, not because we’re smart, but because we have thumbs so we can make coffee.”
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~ Flash Rosenberg
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“Over second and third cups flow matters of high finance, high state, common gossip and low comedy. [Coffee] is a social binder, a warmer of tongues, a soberer of minds, a stimulant of wit, a foiler of sleep if you want it so. From roadside mugs to the classic demi-tasse, it is the perfect democrat.”
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~ Unknown
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“I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It’s not. Mine had me trained in two days.”
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~ Bill Dana
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“In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.”
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~ Terry Pratchett
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“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.”
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~ James Herriot
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“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
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~ Mark Twain
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“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.”
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~ Bern Williams
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“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.”
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~ John Steinbeck, East of Eden
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“I never laugh until I’ve had my coffee.”
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~ Clark Gable
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“I like it when somebody gets excited about something. It’s nice.”
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~  J. D. Salinger, The Catcher In the Rye
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“People of all sexes have the right to explore femininity, masculinity—and the infinite variations between—without criticism or ridicule.”
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~ Leslie Feinberg
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“That enchantment that I lightly took out of the lovely April is forever.”
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~ Leonie Adams
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“Leaves are growing on the trees, it’s like watching nature hit puberty.”
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~ Jimmie Fallon
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“April derives its name from the Latin word apiere, meaning to open.”

~ @britishmuseum The British Museum
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“A word after a word after a word is power.”

~ Margaret Atwood
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“Don’t judge it. Just write it. Don’t judge it. It’s not for you to judge it.”
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~ Philip Roth
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“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark.”
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~ Kate Di Camillo
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“How to write a poem: catch the air around the butterfly.”
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~ Katerina Stoykova Klemer
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“It is good for a writer to move into words, out of silence, as much as he can.”
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~ Richard Wilbur
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“We all have our time machines: memories to take us back and dreams to carry us forwards.”
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~ H.G. Wells
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“Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”
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~ Bojan
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“She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.”
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~ Ondaatje
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“Poets are like steam valves, where the ordinary feelings of ordinary people can escape and be shown.”
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~ Sharon Olds
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“To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground.”
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~ Stephen R. Covey
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“Poetry is an act of peace.”

~ Pablo Neruda
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“Creativity takes courage.”
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~ Henri Matisse
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“If we had to say what writing is, we would have to define it essentially as an act of courage.”
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~ Ozick
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“You miracle of a human. You moon-thing. You kingdom. Be the clock. Be time. Wake up to the sound of yourself and let it be the most beautiful thing.”
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~ Caitlyn Siehl
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“Good writing of any kind by anyone is surprising, intricate, strong, and sinuous.”
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~ Margaret Atwood
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“A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader’s soul.”
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~ Stendhal
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“Books help alleviate the poverty of the soul we’re all born with, because although each of us is born into a singular story, we were made for an anthology.”
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~ Alia Joy
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“The joy of reading fiction: when all is said and done, the novel belongs to the reader and his imagination.”
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~ Alice Hoffman
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That’s the thing about books. They are worlds unto themselves. Bound and covered, the pages unbind us, uncover the hidden things we all hold. They can be revelatory, showing us our shared humanity or lack thereof. They are markers of commonality, like broken bread or a meal shared; words open up a place at the table and a spot in the conversation of the ages.
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~ Alia Joy
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“Books show us our history, our transgressions, our victories. They instruct us patiently, waiting on our night table to be picked up again, ingested, processed, harnessed, to bring about clarity and skill. They lighten the mood and enchant us with stories of a thousand lives lived. Books are a gathering of words that become companion and commissioner, sending us out into the world with an extra measure of empathy, grace, hope, and knowledge. Our minds sharpened, our hearts opened, our souls a bit freer with each page.”
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~ Alia Joy
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“For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth.”
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~ Anne Lamott
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“Literature is my utopia.”
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~ Helen Keller
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” I don’t remember exactly when books became my refuge, but it was in the pages of a world created out of thin air that I began to find pieces I recognized as myself.”
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~ Emily Barlow, Emily & Einstein
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“Come to the book as you would come to an unexplored land. Come without a map. Explore it and draw your own map.”
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~ Stephen King, Hearts in Atlantis
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“A well-read woman is a dangerous creature.”
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~ Lisa Kleypas, A Wallflower Christmas
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“The problem with a life spent reading is you know too much.”
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~ Josh Lanyon
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“I had found my religion: nothing seemed more important to me than a book. I saw the library as a temple.”
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~ Jean-Paul Satre, The Words
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“I love how a book can leave you completely breathless; how a book can make you clench onto each word as if you’re right there. I love how it can make you feel things you can’t or won’t with others; breatking down steel walls you built long ago.”
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~ inked-colors.tumblr.com
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“A book is more than the sum of its materials. It is an artifact of the human mind and hand.”
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~ Geraldine Brooks, People of the Book
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“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”
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~ Franz Kafka

Another Wonderful Miracle

So I wanted to share about my second most wonderful miracle that happened this year. When it happened I literally had my jaw drop and couldn’t manage to close my mouth for a bit. I had to bring the thing over to my sister and show it to her and I still couldn’t wrap my mind around it.

First let me tell you that I had been on the look-out at used stores for a couple of years for a good used wheelchair for a decent price. About a year-and-a-half ago I saw one and didn’t buy it, and have been regretting it ever since. It was priced for $25 and that was a great price. It was in great shape and would be just the thing, but I wasn’t well enough to really be able to use it in the near future then, because I wasn’t even well enough to try to navigate with it to musical concerts or plays, so I thought that the money that I had should be used for Christmas gifts instead.

I didn’t buy it. It was a total mistake. I have been looking for one ever since. Getting into arenas and orchestra hall and theaters like the Guthrie Theater require more walking than I am capable of and that has been true for about ten years. I have managed to go to a couple of concerts, hey Bruce Springsteen, but didn’t manage to get to his show this February due to mobility concerns and was really really sad that I had not gotten the used wheelchair.

I hadn’t found anything in good shape for a good price since not buying the other one. I don’t get to used stores as often as I would like or need to, again mobility issues and this year has been much more difficult. So I don’t often get the chance to look for one.

So one day a few months ago I had decided to ask my sister to be on the look-out for a wheelchair for me, telling her what I needed and my price range. We had been out for lunch and had gone thrift shopping as well, we usually do. At the store I had seen a wheelchair, but it was not in good shape and the price was too much as well.

I also wanted to add that sometimes people in the apartment building give away things that they have/own and that is how I have gotten some of my furniture since living here. The other furniture that I own was giving to me by family, friends and; neighbors who also had left stuff out for the garbage. There are only a few things that I have actually bought and that are my desk type chairs, for about $10 each.

So sometimes I go out into the hallway or stairwell or the back of the apartment and find something that I want for free, and if I can tote it back upstairs, it is mine. There have been a few things, bureaus especially, that I would really have loved to have, but seriously I don’t have the room for them in my current apartment. Free is definitely in my price range, that is for sure.:)

Sometimes I get dropped off at the front door, it is more convenient for my sister, but sometimes I ask to be dropped off at the back door. The front entrance has eleven extra stairs and about 50 more steps. So the back door is usually a better way for me, unless I absolutely have to check into the office or my mailbox.

So I asked to be dropped off that day at the back door. She has to go around the block anyways, but she really doesn’t like my back parking lot area nor some of the denizens who come and go back there. Actually neither do I, but it is a better way for me most of the time. I try to ask for what I need, but since I still struggle with being a people-pleaser some of the time, it is hard for me to ask for what I want or need.

We pulled up to the back door and my jaw dropped. This beautiful, wonderful wheelchair was sitting in the garbage area, set out for free for anyone to take. Thank God that day that I had asked for the back door, because someone probably would have grabbed it before I took out my garbage again. It is an expensive wheelchair to boot. My sister helped me get it upstairs to my apartment and now when Bruce is in town I can go because I can alternatively walk/wheel my way to the seating area. Such a huge miracle. I was convinced that the universe loves me after this one.

Healing Poems 365

Maggid

The courage to let go of the door, the handle.
The courage to shed the familiar walls whose very
stains and leaks are comfortable as the little moles
of the upper arm; stains that recall a feast,
a child’s naughtiness, a loud blattering storm
that slapped the roof hard, pouring through.
The courage to abandon the graves dug into the hill,
the small bones of children and the brittle bones
of the old whose marrow hunger had stolen;
the courage to desert the tree planted and only
begun to bear; the riverside where promises were
shaped; the street where their empty pots were broken.
The courage to leave the place whose language you learned
as early as your own, whose customs however dan-
gerous or demeaning, bind you like a halter
you have learned to pull inside, to move your load;
the land fertile with the blood spilled on it;
the roads mapped and annotated for survival.
The courage to walk out of the pain that is known
into the pain that cannot be imagined,
mapless, walking into the wilderness, going
barefoot with a canteen into the desert;
stuffed in the stinking hold of a rotting ship
sailing off the map into dragons’ mouths,
Cathay, India, Siberia, goldeneh medina2
leaving bodies by the way like abandoned treasure.
So they walked out of Egypt.3 So they bribed their way
out of Russia under loads of straw; so they steamed
out of the bloody smoking charnelhouse of Europe
on overloaded freighters forbidden all ports—
out of pain into death or freedom or a different
painful dignity, into squalor and politics.
We Jews are all born of wanderers, with shoes
under our pillows and a memory of blood that is ours
raining down. We honor only those Jews who changed
tonight, those who chose the desert over bondage,
who walked into the strange and became strangers
and gave birth to children who could look down
on them standing on their shoulders for having
been slaves. We honor those who let go of every-
thing but freedom, who ran, who revolted, who fought,
who became other by saving themselves.
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~ Marge Piercy